University of Nebraska, in fact, --- home of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. I can't imagine anything I'd rather do than spend the day in this place looking at quilts! This is my second research trip to the IQSCM to study Japanese quilts in their collection.
|Posing for pics with my new book. Kim Taylor, Collections Manager (left) and Carolyn Ducey, (right) Curator of Collections, International Quilt Study Center & Museum.|
I was intently focused on studying two specific quilts - both by Japanese artist Shizuko Kuroha.
She is a longtime quilter who has created an entire world around her beloved indigos and vintage and antique cotton. Her work has inspired many quilters around the globe.
During this visit, I was also treated to an unexpected bonus and viewed the quilts of Eiko Okano. Her brightly colored, contemporary motifs are whimsical, highly embellished and altogether original.
Her multi-cultural vibe is seen over and over in the unusual mix of modern fabrics with buttons, buttons and more buttons that add fun and depth.
And finally, as we exit through the gift shop, I stand in front of the book selection and my mind wanders...
Next time I return, will my book be among those featured on the shelves of this fabulous quilt resource? One can only hope! For now, I'm still outside! :)